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Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #35: Scrouge

Words. There’s a lot of them. So many that it’s easy to get so flustered you can’t tell your homonym from your homo superior. But if you find yourself lost and in need of the linguistic equivalent of moss on the north side...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #34: Coquettish

Words. No one can consume just one. They’re like Lay’s Potato Chips. But sooner or later, we stick our hands into the potato chip bag of our minds and find nothing but crumbs. Verbal detritus. What knowledge can we snack on in...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #33: Canard

Don’t be fooled by the fact that there aren’t a lot of synonyms for the terminology of “moving house.” And don’t wonder at the notion that a building isn’t been pushed around Ireland by one relatively...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #32: Privation

The beauty of the English language is it has a word for just about anything. In fact, if you think about it, the English language was the original app. But imagine, if you will, an app with a complete manual that spans over 21,000 pages...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #31: Hagridden

Were you wondering when the Thesaurus was going to make an appearance in the Jurassic Park series? Is the only IPA you know one with alcohol content? Do you think the OED is a Dreadstar character*? Fear not–you’ll find no mockery...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #30: Lachrymose

Stuck in a monosyllabic rut? Is every sentence that you spout possessing of a lentil-level of excitement? Feel like you need a vocabulary equivalent of some cayenne pepper to sprinkle on your day-to-day conversation? You have come to the...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #29: Haver

You don’t have to be a serious poet in order to need some language help. You could be just a guy trying to come up with a dirty limerick. Or maybe you are in a bathroom stall etching a filthy haiku with a pocket knife. It doesn’t...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #28: Zaftig

Sometimes the cat has your tongue. Sometimes it’s a bat. Sometimes, even, it’s a very angry hedgehog. But mostly, it’s a cat. Bored with lying around and coughing up hairballs, it has suddenly decided to mess with your...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #27: Jentacular

We’ve all been at a loss for words from time to time. And that’s especially frustrating since there’s a word for just about everything you encounter on a daily basis, no matter how mundane or seemingly insignificant...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #26: Hirsute

I know, you’ve been using the words from Series 1 of Word-a-Week until they’re raw. Until the people around you have said, “Yes, yes, we get it: you are well-read and a card-carrying member of the intelligentsia already...